Gillis Was Too Hung Up on Morality

The thing about Sunset Boulevard that doesn’t quite play in today’s terms is Joe Gillis‘s refusal to confide to Betty Schaefer what he’s up to — that he’s become a kind of screenwriting gigolo, living high on the hog with a 50 year-old silent movie star. Gillis cares for Schaefer — audience can tell they’d be a good match — but he’s too consumed with self-loathing to let her know what’s up. That doesn’t

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